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The Illustrated Philosophy Of Freedom

The Illustrated Philosophy Of Freedom

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The Hoernle English translation of Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom with the addition of images.

The Hoernle English translation of Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom with the addition of images.

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Chapter IChapter IIChapter IIIChapter IVChapter VChapter VIChapter VIIChapter VIIIThe Goal Of KnowledgeConscious Human ActionWhy The esire !or Knowledge Is !undamentalThought As The Instrument Of KnowledgeThe World As "erceptOur Knowledge Of The WorldHuman Indi#idualityAre There Any $imits To Cognition%
Chapter I&Chapter &Chapter &IChapter &IIChapter &IIIChapter &IVChapter &VThe !actors Of $ifeThe Idea Of !reedom'onism And The "hilosophy Of !reedomWorld("urpose And $ife("urpose )the estiny Of 'an* 'oral Imagination )darwinism And 'orality* The Value Of $ife )optimism And "essimism* The Indi#idual And The Genus
principles of individualism
Principles Of Individualistic Life
1. Free Oneself From Authority
An energetic effort is being made to shae off ever! ind of authorit!"
2. Individual Validation
#othing is accepted as valid$ unless it springs from the roots of individualit!" %ver!thing &hich hinders the individual in the full development of his po&ers is thrust aside"
3. Leaderless Striving
'he sa!ing (%ach one of us must choose his hero in &hose footsteps he toils up to Ol!mpus) no longer holds for us"
4. Individual Selection Of Ideals
*e allo& no ideals to be forced upon us"
. Individual !orthiness
*e are convinced that in each of us$ if onl! &e probe deep enough into the ver! heart of our being$ there d&ells something noble$ something &orth! of development"
". #e$ection Of %onformity
*e no longer believe that there is a norm of human life to &hich &e must all strive to conform"
&. 'erfection Of (ach Individual
*e regard the perfection of the &hole as depending on the uni+ue perfection of each single individual"
). *ni+ue %ontri,ution
*e do not &ant to do &hat an!one else can do e+uall! &ell" #o$ our contribution to the development of the &orld$ ho&ever trifling$ must be something &hich$ b! reason of the uni+ueness of our nature$ &e alone can offer"
-. %reative (/ression
#ever have artists been less concerned about rules and norms in art than toda!" %ach of them asserts his right to e,press$ in the creations of his art$ &hat is uni+ue in him"
10. ynamic Language
'here are dramatists &ho &rite in dialect rather than conform to the standard diction &hich grammar demands"
11. Striving oards Freedom
-2. #o better e,pression for these phenomena can be found than this$ that the! result from the individuals striving to&ards freedom$ developed to its highest pitch"
12. Inde/endence
*e do not &ant to be dependent in an! respect$ and &here dependence must be$ &e tolerate it onl! on condition that it coincides &ith a vital interest of our individualit!"
Principles Of Individualistic 'ruth
1.0 %ulture Of Individuality
'oda!$ all human interests tend to center in the culture of human individualit!"
1.1 %onviction Of Inner ruth
'ruth &ill be sought in our age onl! in the depths of human nature" onviction attaches onl! to &hat appears as truth to each of us in our o&n hearts"
ruth (m/oers
'ruth alone can give us confidence in developing our po&ers" e &ho is tortured b! doubts finds his po&ers lamed"
1.3 %om/rehensi,le ruth
*e no longer &ant to believe &e &ant to no&" 3elief demands the acceptance of truths &hich &e do not &holl! comprehend"
noledge Starting From Individual (/erience
tarting from the facts nearest at hand$ our o&n immediate e,periences$ &e ascend to a no&ledge of the &hole universe"
1. Individual rive o no
#o&ada!s there is no attempt to compel an!one to understand" *e claim no agreement &ith an!one &hom a distinct individual need does not drive to a certain vie&"
1." Strive o Live According o Individualistic 'rinci/les
5an! of m! contemporaries strive to order their lives in the direction of the principles I have indicated" 'o them I &ould dedicate this boo"
1.& (ercise 'ure hin5ing
'he *estern &orld no longer demands pious e,ercises and ascetic practices as a preparation for science$ but it does re+uire a sincere &illingness to &ithdra& oneself a&hile from the immediate impressions of life$ and to betae oneself into the realm of pure thought"
1.) noledge Is A Self67overning Organism
Abstract thining attains concrete$ individual life" Ideas become po&ers of life" *e no longer have merel! a no&ledge about things$ but have made no&ledge into a real$ self6governing organism" Our consciousness$ alive and active$ has risen be!ond a mere passive reception of truths"
1.- he 8ost 'ressing 9uestion Is Freedom
o& philosoph!$ as an art$ is related to freedom &hat freedom is and &hether &e do$ or can$ participate in it these are the principle problems of m! boo" 'hese +uestions$ in m! opinion$ are humanit! most immediate concern"
1.10 he Value Of noledge Is :uman evelo/ment
'he true value of the sciences is seen onl! &hen &e have sho&n the importance of their results for humanit!" 8no&ledge has value onl! in so far as it contributes to the all6round unfolding of the &hole nature of the human being"
1.11 Ideas o Serve Individual 7oals
*e each tae possession of the &orld of ideas in order to use them for our o&n human aims$ &hich transcend those of mere science"
1.12 8aster Over Ideas
*e must confront ideas as master or become their slave"

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